Leeds United are closing in on the signing of Arnaud Kalimuendo…
The 20-year-old is thought to be high on Jesse Marsch’s wishlist as he eyes competition for Patrick Bamford, who suffered from multiple injuries last season and that led to Leeds struggling in front of goal.
A source has told the website that the Yorkshire giants are ‘close’ to securing an agreement with the Ligue 1 champions over a fee, thought to be in the region of €25m (£20m).
Leeds kickstarted the new Premier League campaign with a 2-1 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday afternoon and a plethora of new signings were in action, notably Brenden Aaronson, who got off to a redhot start to life in west Yorkshire.
The American, signed from RB Salzburg, provided the winner in the 74th minute after bundling Bamford’s ball home at the back post. Officially, it has gone down as an own goal but Aaronson is claiming otherwise.
“I touched it! I was in there and it hit off my shin somewhere so I’m taking credit for it,” Aaronson said post-match.
It was a great glimpse into what the attacking dynamo will provide Leeds with and the prospect of adding a talent like Kalimuendo to that is rather exciting indeed.
After 21 goals across 65 appearances during a two-season loan stint at RC Lens, it’s clear that the France U21 international is ready for the next step up but his career will be halted by the likes of Kylian Mbappe and now Hugo Etikite standing in his way at the Parc des Princes.
The 20-year-old has been lauded as a “prolific” goalscorer by talent scout Jacek Kulig in the past, so that’s a rather exciting player to have sat behind Bamford, who only managed nine Premier League games last term.
Aaronson adds a new dimension to the Whites’ contribution in the final third, his pace, tenacity and work rate will lead to Leeds creating a lot of chances and that has to be appealing for Kalimuendo.
‘Stood out as the most effective Leeds player in attack,’ wrote LeedsLive reporter Beren Cross, who graded the American’s display an 8/10. ‘His pest-like persistence is what pinched the ball back in the Wolves box to ultimately serve up Rodrigo the equaliser.’
The PSG gem, who has also been lauded as “a modern forward” with “incisive speed, decision-making, intelligence” – a skillset that could thrive off Aaronson’s influence, makcing the pair a match made in heaven and as such, director of football Victor Orta must look to push this deal over the line.
Kalimuendo could round off Leeds’ summer spending spree as the perfect seventh arrival for Marsch.